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"Stories From The Heart"
© Diadem Records
Year of Release: 1998
We Fall Down
I Will Shelter You
Power Of Love
All Of Me
In The Hands Of Jesus
Father's Love (Orchestral)
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"Stories From The Heart"
This week's marks the first appearance of Christian artist Bob Carlisle. His 1998 release, Stories From The Heart was after his breakthrough
album, Butterfly Kisses (Shades Of Grace) . The title track of that album was a crossover hit. The album hit #1, and made him an overnight
sensation star. But after 1997, his future albums just didn't get the notice as Butterfly Kisses did. 1998 saw the release of Stories From
The Heart, and quite honestly, I'm surprised that his star didn't keep shining. This follow-up album to Butterfly Kisses should have easily
have been noticed, and recognized as another great accomplishment in Carlisle's career.
But back in 1998, maybe Christian music wasn't getting the full recognition it truly deserved. Christian music has been around since the 1970s, and
easily overlooked, until close to the end of the 20th Century into the next. Christian music today is now being noticed as another outstanding genre of
talent and musical messages from the faith of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Aside from not being a "successful" album, this album really should have. There is not one bad song on this album. "We Fall Down" starts out
with a big orchestral introduction. It's a beautiful and soulful track. One word to describe a lot of Christian music is "Powerful." There is that on
many songs here. "I Will Shelter You" is one of them. "Father's Love" seemed to be the most favorite, as this song was used in weddings.
(The album has a bonus orchestral track [with vocals] as the album's last song.)
Then there's the "different sounding track," "International." It's more of a R&B (Soul) style. Very impressive. Then back to the normal
flow of sound for this album with "My Desire." Another great track. The same for "Lately (Dreamin' About Babies)." "Power Of Love"
is more of a Rock track, with a powerful Rock sound. (Christian) Rock is no stranger to Carlisle, as the band he was in, before he went solo, was the
Christan band, Allies. I've found their music on YouTube, and their sound is great. Incredible Rock music, in the Christian faith, with both upbeat and
ballad type Christian songs. Allies released six studio albums, from 1985 to 1992. Carlisle went solo in 1993.
"Somewhere" returns to Powerful sound, previously heard on this album. This song is a duet with Country artist Kathy Mattea. More powerful
music on "True Believer," and Beautiful describes both "All Of Me" and also soulful on "In The Hands Of Jesus."
Bob Carlisle has an incredible voice. Stories From The Heart comes directly from the heart. Powerful, Beautiful, Soulful. It's Christian,
Gospel. Maybe even a touch of Adult Contemporary R&B. Luther Vandross comes to mind on some of the tracks found here. You won't go wrong on this one.
I look forward in reviewing more of Bob Carlisle's solo music, and also into the band he started out with, Allies. Another member of Allies, Randy Thomas,
co-wrote songs with Carlisle for this week's album review. Out of the 12 songs, Carlisle co-wrote 8. Three with Randy Thomas.
While researching, it seems there is not a main website for his music. Other than his Wikipedia page, and AllMusic's mention, there isn't a main site
to learn more. He does have a facebook page, for anyone interested in contacting him.
If you're looking for an incredible voice, and have an interest in Christian music, Bob Carlisle's music is worth looking into. Despite he may not be
as popular in Christian music as other male voices, such as Steven Curtis Chapman, or Michael W. Smith to name a few, being popular should not be a factor
in enjoying good, powerful, uplifting Christian music. Bob Carlisle has released five solo studio albums. His latest was in 2005. He has appeared as a
guest on many albums. This list includes Barry Manilow, REO Speedwagon, the Charlie Daniels Band, and other Christian artists, such as Sandi Patty, Petra,
Carman, Dallas Holm, Steven Curtis Chapman, Andrae Crouch. His resume has also included movie soundtracks. He has won 5 music awards, all for his
Butterfly Kisses album and song. His "Butterfly Kisses" track has become a big crossover hit, on Christian, Pop, and Country charts.
With only that particular song for his awards, his other albums should be of equal brilliance, as Bob Carlisle should be one of Christian's most popular
artists to listen to.
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